Mérida, Yucatán — The international environmental group Greenpeace has come to town to promote organic farming.
The international group yesterday placed a mural by graphic designer Gus Morainslie. With the help of passersby, they highlighted the benefits of organic farming.
Meanwhile, Greenpeace’s largest ship, the Esperanza, is docking in Progreso today. A webcam offers a live glimpse of its whereabouts. They recently sailed off Cozumel and Veracruz to document the water quality, as they will at Yucatán’s port. Since summer, Greenpeace has been in Mexico, patrolling for illegal gill-nets that harm endangered porpoises.
Yucatán is a key player in the transition towards a model of organic farming, and has extensive experience in traditional land management, without the use of pesticides or GMOs, but the state only lack political will to strengthen this model, said Sandra Laso, a campaigner for Greenpeace.
“The governor has in his hands the opportunity to stop the impact of industrial agriculture and protect the healthy state land for food production that ensure the health of people and the environment,” said Laso.
Also in the Plaza Grande is an exhibition of the 50 top posters from international contest, “Do you really know what you eat?”